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East Midlands League
Steel City Wanderers are back on top of the Premier Division following their 5-1 victory over AFC Trinity on Sunday. Cheryl Mawhood netted two of their goals along with Zoe Beresford, Jennifer Pearson and Hollie Barker. The Steels need to avoid defeat in their meeting with second placed Nettleham on Sunday in order to be confirmed as Champions.
In Division One North, Alfreton Town and Grimsby Town battled out a 2-2 draw. Grace Galloway and Hannah Dutton were on target for Alfreton while Gemma Hopkin bagged a brace in reply for Grimsby.
Kettering Town finished their season in third place in Division One South following their 8-3 victory against Loughborough Students (2006). Emma Dunmore led the scoring with a five-goal haul, Leah Smith weighed in with a brace and Simone Cook completed the tally.
Eastern Region League
Premier Division leaders Lowestoft Town rounded off their campaign with a 5-1 success away to Stevenage Borough. Natasha Thomas was on target four times and Hannah Waters added the other for Lowestoft who must wait and see if their points tally will be enough. Bedford Ladies are best placed to go past them following their 3-0 win against Barking, goals coming from Natasha Fensome, Liva Kaastina and Chloe Scott. Bedford require eight points from four games to be sure of the title whilst Billericay Town kept their hopes alive by scoring six times without reply past Leverstock Green. Sophie Whiting hit a first half hat-trick with other goals from Marie Barker (2) and Sally Appleton. Peterborough Sports meanwhile edged out Haringey Borough by the odd goal in nine thanks to a Jade Ram hat-trick and Jessica Hill double.
Bar Hill still have a chance of a top three finish after picking up four points from a double header against Ipswich Wanderers. Anna Jepson netted the only goal in the first game and the return ended 2-2, Emma Goldsmith and Beth Liles on target for Wanderers with Natalie Shenton and an own goal replying.
In Division One South, Joanne Rutherford netted both goals as Royston Town won 2-0 away to West Billericay. Stevenage Borough Res meanwhile defeated Baldock Town 5-1 thanks to a Katie Grehan brace, Jade Finch, Katherine Hale and Stacey Hannington.
London & South East League
Crystal Palace went into their double header against Old Actonians requiring four points in order to be confirmed as Champions and they did so in style, picking up 3-0 and 3-2 victories. The title success finishes an excellent season for Palace who have regained their previous status after just one year away.
It also turned out to be a good day for Watford Development in Division One (London) as they claimed the runners-up spot after also notching up maximum points from a double header against Battersea & Wandsworth.
North East League
Hull City recorded one of the two wins they need in order to pip Norton & Stockton Ancients to the Premier Division title. Rebecca Beech, Sian Bentley and Joanne Symington were on the scoresheet as Hull won 3-1 away to Hessle Town and they travel to play Barnsley this Sunday. Peterlee St Francis guaranteed themselves a top half place after a Leanne Anderson brace and Maddison Atkinson earned them a 3-2 success at Guiseley.
Tynedale required a victory by at least three goals against Kader FC in order to carry off the title in the Northern Division. They duly did so as they ran out 5-0 winners, courtesy of four second half strikes, Ashley Lambert netting twice along with Joanne Dixon, Lauren Ray and Christine Murray.
North West League
Morecambe completed the League and Cup 'double' with a 3-1 victory in the League Cup Final against runners-up Crewe Alexandra. Megan Doherty netted twice and Hannah Paling the other for Morecambe, with Crewe replying through Katy Connell.
Birkenhead also picked up their second trophy of the season, the Division One South title winners defeating Preston North End 2-0 in the Final of the League Plate with goals from Chelsey Hodgin and Charlotte Cloy.
Burnley Girls & Ladies recorded two wins in four days to secure themselves a sixth place finish, finishing off with a 1-0 success over Chester City on Sunday.
Accrington Girls & Ladies took third place in Division One North in their first season in the league, they defeated Bury Girls & Ladies 5-3. Stockport County Res follow on after an emphatic 13-2 victory over Padiham.
In Division One South, Manchester Stingers ended a good campaign for themselves with a 5-2 win against AFC Urmston Meadowside, a result which sees them take third place.
South West League
Truro City kept their chances of a third place finish alive as they defeated Frome Town 4-0. Katy Barker, Sasha Sparkes and Candice Britten all netted a goal apiece along with an own goal.
Western Division Champions Torquay Utd rounded off their successful season in style, running out 8-1 winners away to Callington Town. Laura Gough led the scoring with a hat-trick and the others came from Gabrielle Trays (2), Vicki Fannon, Louisa Stentiford-Crook and Sian Chapman. Leanne Stanbury grabbed both goals as Bude Town won 2-1 against Taunton Town.
Southern Region League
Woodley Utd saw their title charge checked by Parley Sports who gained a modicum of revenge for their defeat in the League Cup Final the previous Sunday. This time the teams finished level at 2-2 with Rachel Anderson and Rosie Williams on target for Parley. Woodley now head the table by three points from Maidenhead Utd, having played the same number of games. Gosport Borough kept their outside chance alive by winning 1-0 away to Bracknell Town, Kelly Baker grabbing the only goal. Oxford City picked up an important 2-1 success at Mansfield Road whilst Basingstoke Town and Andover New Street battled out a 1-1 draw, Lindsay Beverley on target for Basingstoke.
West Midlands League
FC Reedswood clinched the Premier Division title on Sunday, without kicking a ball. TNS Ladies, the only remaining team who could still have caught them, crashed to a 6-2 defeat at the hands of Kingshurst Sporting and this result left Reedswood in an unassailable position. Leamington Lions still have a chance of reaching the runners-up position following their 2-0 victory away to Hereford Pegasus whilst Coventrians were 2-1 winners over Wednesfield Town.
The top three were not in action in Division One South and this allowed Malvern Town to catch up ground with a 3-2 success away to Studley. Kenilworth Town follow on after they also won 3-2 against Worcester Utd. Wyre Forest Phoenix maintained their good finish to the season by beating Redditch Utd 4-1 and Solihull Ladies Res romped to a 6-1 victory over Lye Town.
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